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Steam's 'Follower' counts - hidden in plain sight. - by Simon Carless

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 August 2019 - 11:02pm
In the interests of focusing on one particular part of game discoverability, I’d like to concentrate this piece on one particular hidden gem of a statistic - Steam’s follower count.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Web Wash: Use Taxonomy Terms as Webform Options in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 13 August 2019 - 6:30pm

Webform has a pretty robust system for managing lists of options. When you create a select box, you can define its options just for that element, or use a predefined list. If you go to Structure, Webforms, Configurations and click on Options, you can see all the predefined options and you can create your own.

If you want to learn how to create your own predefined options check out our tutorial; How to Use Webform Predefined Options in Drupal 8.

One thing to be aware of is that all of these options are stored as config files, which makes perfect sense, it is configuration.

But what if you want editors to manage the options?

Depending on how you deploy Drupal sites if you change an option only on the production site, your change will be overridden the next time you deploy to production because you import all new configuration changes.

To work around this, you could look at using Webform Config Ignore.

Another way of managing options is by using the Taxonomy system. An editor would simply manage all the terms from the Taxonomy page and nothing will be stored in config files.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a select element which uses a taxonomy vocabulary instead of the standard options.

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Managing the evolving state of Destiny 2: 'the game cannot grow infinitely forever'

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 13 August 2019 - 2:05pm

Destiny 2 game director Luke Smith shares a candid discussion of balance changes, encounter design, and the game's relationship with microtransactions. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Multi-platform games from Xbox-owned studios must 'make sense for the franchise'

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 13 August 2019 - 12:52pm

Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty won't rule out multi-platform first-party launches, but says the decision needs to make sense for that specific franchise. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Hook 42: Exploring Contenta CMS

Planet Drupal - 13 August 2019 - 12:03pm
Exploring Contenta CMS Lindsey Gemmill Tue, 08/13/2019 - 19:03
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TEN7 Blog's Drupal Posts: Case Study: Our Family Wizard

Planet Drupal - 13 August 2019 - 10:30am
Website Redesign: A Professional Face for a Market Leader

When parents divorce or separate, the child often becomes the unwilling intermediary for communication. Our Family Wizard (OFW) is a mobile application for co-parenting exes that facilitates and tracks communication, helps coordinate child duties and stores important information.

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Drupal blog: Increasing Drupal speaker diversity

Planet Drupal - 13 August 2019 - 10:23am

This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from Dries Buytaert's blog.

At Drupalcon Seattle, I spoke about some of the challenges Open Source communities like Drupal often have with increasing contributor diversity. We want our contributor base to look like everyone in the world who uses Drupal's technology on the internet, and unfortunately, that is not quite the reality today.

One way to step up is to help more people from underrepresented groups speak at Drupal conferences and workshops. Seeing and hearing from a more diverse group of people can inspire new contributors from all races, ethnicities, gender identities, geographies, religious groups, and more.

To help with this effort, the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion group is hosting a speaker diversity training workshop on September 21 and 28 with Jill Binder, whose expertise has also driven major speaker diversity improvements within the WordPress community.

I'd encourage you to either sign up for this session yourself or send the information to someone in a marginalized group who has knowledge to share, but may be hesitant to speak up. Helping someone see that their expertise is valuable is the kind of support we need in order to drive meaningful change.

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Hook 42: Getting Started With Developer Environments

Planet Drupal - 13 August 2019 - 9:51am
Getting Started With Developer Environments Lindsey Gemmill Tue, 08/13/2019 - 16:51
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(Mostly) Everything You Need To Know About Building WeChat Mini Games - by Luke Stapley

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 August 2019 - 8:07am
Many mobile/HTML5 game developers today are looking for new platforms and audiences to release their game onto. With China being one of the biggest, it's no wonder WeChat mini games are becoming a hot topic. Learn almost everything you need here.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Acro Media: Using Drupal for Headless Ecommerce Customer Experiences

Planet Drupal - 13 August 2019 - 7:45am

Back in April, BigCommerce, in partnership with Acro Media, announced the release of the BigCommerce for Drupal module. This module effectively bridges the gap between the BigCommerce SaaS ecommerce platform and the Drupal open source content management system. It allows Drupal to be used as the frontend customer experience engine for a headless BigCommerce ecommerce store.

For BigCommerce, this integration provides a new and exciting way to utilize their platform for creating innovative, content-rich commerce experiences that were not possible via BigCommerce alone.

For Drupal, this integration extends the options its users and site-builders have for adding ecommerce functionality into a Drupal site. The flexibility of Drupal combined with the stability and ease-of-use of BigCommerce opens up new possibilities for Drupal that didn’t previously exist.

Since the announcement, BigCommerce and Acro Media have continued to educate and promote this exciting new headless commerce option. A new post on the BigCommerce blog published last week title Leverage Headless Commerce To Transform Your User Experience with Drupal Ecommerce (link below) is a recent addition to this information campaign. The BigCommerce teams are experts in what they do and Acro Media is an expert in open source integrations and Drupal. They asked if we could provide an introduction for their readers to really explain what Drupal is and where it fits in to the headless commerce mix. This, of course, was an opportunity not to be missed and so our teams buckled down together once again to provide readers with the best information possible.

So without further explanation, click the link below to learn how you can leverage headless commerce to transform your user experience with Drupal.

Additional resources:
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Game Music and Psychological Attachment: How Game Composers Can Enhance Virtual Presence (Pt. 2) - by Winifred Phillips

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 August 2019 - 7:37am
The 2nd of a 4-part series. Video game composer Winifred Phillips shares ideas from her GDC 2019 talk, How Music Enhances Virtual Presence. Part 2: Game Music and Psychological Attachment. Included are practical examples and video demonstrations.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Let the Punishment Fit the Twine: Ancient Greek Punishments as Hypertexts - by Pippin Barr

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 August 2019 - 7:34am
Reflections on translating five myths of punishment into Twine stories, with a focus on the physicality of interaction in hypertexts.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Applying Videogame Theory to Escape Rooms : the Definition of a "Game" - by Alastair Aitchison

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 August 2019 - 7:33am
Much of the recent research in the field of game studies has been concerned only with computer games. In this article, I’ll consider whether some commonly cited academic definitions of "games" and "play" can equally be applied to Escape Room games.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Layout Builder Permissions

New Drupal Modules - 13 August 2019 - 7:31am

This module provides more granular permissions for Layout Builder. E.g. - "Administer Layouts on Foobar Entity Type"

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Interview with the #GameDev behind the new trading game where your camels can die! - by Ashley Kreuer

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 August 2019 - 7:29am
An interview with the #GameDev behind the new trading game where your camels can die!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Education through Games - by Rob Burns

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 August 2019 - 7:29am
Games are a great source for education. We will discuss the merits of modding games to get children interested in game development and STEM.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Devlog 1: The Prologue “CrackleBack” - by Edward Bennett

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 August 2019 - 7:28am
First DevLog from Indie game developer building 'CrackleBack' a FPS / Trading game.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drupal Association blog: Midwest Drupal Summit 2019

Planet Drupal - 13 August 2019 - 7:04am

It's always wonderful to have Drupal community members gather in my hometown. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA hosts the Midwest Drupal Summit (MWDS) every year in August since 2016. Previous MWDS events were held in Chicago, IL, Minneapolis, MN, and Madison, WI. This summit is three days of Drupal contribution, collaboration, and fun. The event is small but mighty. As with any contribution-focused Drupal event, MWDS is important because some of the most active community teams of the Drupal project dedicate time to work through challenges and celebrate what makes open source special.

I overheard several topics discussed over the three days.

  • Drupal.org infrastructure - its current state and ideas for improvements

  • Coordination between the Composer Initiative and core maintainers

  • The Automatic Updates initiative sprinting on package signing

  • Ideas for Contribution Credit system enhancements, to expand recognition beyond activity that takes place on Drupal.org

  • Drupal core contributors and the Drupal Association engineering team collaborating on critical Drupal 9 release blockers

  • The Security Team talking through ongoing work

  • Gitlab merge requests workflow and UI

  • Connecting the work that contributors are doing across various projects

  • Fun social events


Group lunch in Ann Arbor.

This opportunity to listen and overhear the thought and care that go into Drupal is one I appreciate. It was fantastic to hear a community member tell the Drupal Association team that they are "impressed with the gitlab work. I created a sandbox and the URL worked." It's one thing to see public feedback on the work done for the community, it's a whole other thing to hear it in person.


Contribution in several forms - talking through ideas, blockers, giving feedback and opinions are just a few ways to participate.

Local midwesterners who take the time to attend MWDS get an opportunity to dive in to contribution on a variety of topics. There are always mentors and subject-matter experts ready to help. My own Drupal core commit happened at a past MWDS - where I gave feedback on an issue from the perspective of a content editor. This year, Wilson S. had a first-time commit on issue #3008029 and usually there's at least one first-time commit. A memorable one being the time Megan (megansanicki) had her first commit, which was also a live commit by Angie Byron (webchick).

Here's what a few participants had to say about their experience:

"I feel inspired as I watch the local community and visitors organically interact and participate with the discussions held around them." ~ Matthew Radcliffe (mradcliffe)

“This was my first Drupal Code Sprint event. Meeting all the great people from near and afar in person was awesome. Matthew Radcliffe helped me overcome my apprehension of contributing to Drupal Core. I look forward to continuing contributing and connecting with the community.” ~ Phill Tran (philltran

"As a recent re-transplant back to Michigan, I wanted to get back in touch with my local Drupal community. Being a FE dev, sometimes it's hard to find things to contribute via core or porting of modules. Some of the content analysis and accessibility testing was really interesting to me. As someone who has not contributed in the past @mradcliff was an excellent teacher on how to get the sprint environment up and running and how to get started on issues." ~ Chris Sands (chrissands)

"As part of the Drupal Association staff, I find MWDS is always a wonderful opportunity to connect with some key community members and create more alignment between DA initiatives and community-driven work. It's also a wonderful time to catch up with Drupal family." ~ Tim Lehnen (hestenet)

"Always the best event of the year." ~ xjm

“I am glad to have met everyone. I had a one-on-one mentoring session with Matthew Radcliffe. It’s priceless!” ~ Wilson Suprapto (wilsonsp)

Did I mention that Chris also became a Drupal Association member during this event?! Thanks Chris!

The Drupal Association engineering team members are in daily contact with the community online. However, in-person events are serendipitous. The insight from community members who have expertise to help Drupal.org improve for everyone is right here in the room. New contributors need only consider that the first step is any move you make to participate. I think this timely tweet I saw over the weekend sums it up:

The great thing about open source is you can often just contribute. Jump in and help - there's tons of documentation help needed, but open issues, bugs, etc. Start small but why not start today?

— Nick Ruffilo (@NickRuffilo) August 10, 2019

Special thanks to Michael Hess for organizing this event and Neha & Danny from University of Michigan for making sure everyone had a fantastic time.


Tim at the Treeline, on a zipline!

For reference, here are the issues that moved forward during the event.

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Specbee: AMP It Up! The Why and How of Drupal AMP (And what it can do to your website)

Planet Drupal - 13 August 2019 - 6:08am
AMP It Up! The Why and How of Drupal AMP (And what it can do to your website) Shefali Shetty 13 Aug, 2019 Top 10 best practices for designing a perfect UX for your mobile app

When the open-source Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project was launched in October 2015, Google AMP was often compared to Facebook's Instant Articles. Nonetheless, both of the tech-giants share a common goal – to make web pages load faster. While AMP can be reached with a web URL, Facebook’s Instant Articles aimed only at easing the pain for their app-users. Teaming up with some powerful launch partners in the publishing and technology sectors, Google AMP aimed to impact the future of content distribution on mobile devices.

Fast forward to today, and Google AMP is the hottest thing on the internet. With over 25 million website domains that have published over 4 Billion AMP pages, it did not take long for the project to be a huge success. Comprising of two main features; Speed and Support to Monetization of Objects, AMPs implications are far reaching for enterprise businesses, marketers, ecommerce and every other big and small organizations. With great features and the fact that its origin as a Google Initiative, it is no surprise that the AMP pages get featured in Google SERP more prominently. 

What is AMP?

With the rapid surge in mobile users, the need to provide a website-like user experience does not just cut it. Today mobile user’s come with a smaller attention-span and varied internet speeds. Businesses can cater to each of these challenge with a fast-loading, light-weight and an app-like website with Google AMP.

AMP is an open-source framework that simplifies the HTML, streamlines CSS rules, restricts use of Javascript (can use AMP’s component library instead) and delivers pages via a Google AMP cache (a proxy-based Content Delivery Network).

Why AMP??

Impacting the technical architecture of digital assets, Google's open source initiative aims to provide streamlined web pages to mobile browsers and other apps.

It is Fast, like Really Fast

Google AMP loads about twice as fast as a normal comparable mobile page and the latency is as less as one-tenth. Intended to provide the fastest experience for mobile users, customers will be able to access content faster, and they are more likely to stay on the page to make a purchase or enquire about your service, because they know it won't take long.

An Organic Boost

Eligibility for the AMP carousal that rests above the other search results on Google SERP, resulting in a substantial increase in organic result and traffic is a major boost for the visibility of an organization. Though not responsible for increasing the page authority and domain authority, Google AMP plays a key role in sending far more traffic your way.

ROI

The fact that AMP leverages and not disrupts the existing web infrastructure of a website, makes the cost of adopting AMP much lesser than the competing technologies. In return, Google AMP enables better user experience which translates to better conversion rates on mobile devices.

Drupal & AMP

With better user engagement, higher dwell time and easy navigation between content benefits, businesses are bound to drive more traffic with AMP-friendly pages and increase their revenue. The AMP module is especially useful for marketers as it is a great addition to optimize their Drupal SEO efforts.

AMP produces HTML that makes the web a faster place. Implementing the AMP module in Drupal is really simple. Just download, enable and configure!
Before you begin with the integration of AMP module with Drupal, you need -
AMP Module : The AMP module mainly handles the conversion of regular Drupal HTML pages to AMP-complaint pages.

Two main components of AMP module:

AMP Module : The AMP module mainly handles the conversion of regular Drupal HTML pages to AMP-complaint pages.
Two main components of AMP module:

AMP Theme: I'm sure you have come across AMP HTML and its standards. The one that are responsible for your content to look effective and perform well on mobile. The Drupal AMP theme produces the mark up required by these standards for websites looking to perform well in the mobile world. Also, AMP theme allows creation of custom-made AMP pages.

AMP PHP Library: Consisting of the AMP base theme and the ExAMPle sub-theme, the Drupal AMP PHP Library handles the final corrections. Users can also create their own AMP sub-theme from scratch, or modify the default ExAMPle sub-theme for their specific requirements.

How to setup AMP with Drupal?

Before you integrate AMP with Drupal, you need to understand that AMP does not replace your entire website. Instead, at its essence, the AMP module provides a view mode for content types, which is displayed when the browser asks for an AMP version.

Download the AMP Module

With your local prepped up, type the following terminal command:

drush dl amp, amptheme, composer_manager

This command will download the AMP module, the AMP theme and the Composer Manager module (suppose if you do not have the Composer Manager already).

If you have been a user of Drupal 8,  you are probably familiar with Composer and its function as a packaging tool for PHP that installs dependencies for a project. The composer is used to install a PHP library that converts raw HTML into AMP HTML. Also, the composer will help to get that library working with Drupal.

However, as the AMP module does not explicitly require Composer Manager for a dependency, alternate workflows can make use of module Composer files without using Composer Manager.

Next, enable the items that are required to get started:

drush en composer_manager, amptheme, ampsubtheme_example

Before enabling the AMP module itself, an AMP sub-theme needs to be enabled. The default configuration for the AMP module sets the AMP Theme to ‘ExAMPle subtheme.’

How to Enable AMP Module?

The AMP module for Drupal can be enabled using Drush. Once the module is enabled, the Composer Manager will take care of the downloading of the other AMP libraries and its dependencies.

drush en amp

Configuration

Once everything is installed and enabled, AMP needs to be configured using a web interface before the Drupal AMP pages can be displayed. First up, you need to decide which content types should have an AMP version. You might not need it for all of them. Enable particular content type by clicking on the “Enable AMP in Custom Display Settings” link. On the next page, open the “Custom Display Settings” fieldset. Check the AMP box, then click Save.

Setting an AMP Theme

Once the AMP module and content type is configured, it is time to select a theme for AMP pages and configure it. The view modules and the field formatters of the Drupal AMP module take care of the main content of the page. The Drupal AMP theme, on the other hand, changes the mark-up outside the main content area of the page.

Also, the Drupal AMP themes enables you to create custom styles for your AMP pages. On the main AMP config page, make sure that the setting for the AMP theme is set to the ExAMPle Subtheme or the custom AMP subtheme that you created.

One thing is certain. Google favours websites that provide the best experience possible for mobile users. With tough competition from Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News, Google AMP aims to decrease page loading time to influence the user experience. Drupal websites can leverage the AMP module that can produce AMP HTML and substantially speed up web page loading time. Beyond the success of publishers and ecommerce websites on Drupal 8,  a number of other websites are utilizing AMP along with the inclusion of progressive web apps. With a bright future ahead, Google AMP will be one of the strongest tools for traffic generation and conversions.
 

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Jacob Rockowitz: Governments should pay to fix accessibility issues in Drupal and Open Source projects

Planet Drupal - 13 August 2019 - 6:03am

We need to nudge governments to start funding and fixing accessibility issues in the Open Source projects that are being used to build digital experiences. Most governments are required by law to build accessible websites and applications. Drupal’s commitment to accessibility is why Drupal is used by a lot of governments to create ambitious digital experiences.

Governments have complex budgeting systems and policies, which can make it difficult for them to contribute to Open Source. At the same time, there are many consulting agencies specializing in Drupal for government, and maybe these organizations need to consider fixing accessibility issues on behalf of their clients.

If an agency started contributing, funding, and fixing accessibility issues in Drupal core and Open Source, they’d be showing their government clients that they are indeed experts who understand the importance of getting involved in the Open Source community.

So I have started this blog post with a direct ask for governments to pay to fix accessibility issues without a full explanation as to why. It helps to step back and look at the bigger context: “Why should governments fix accessibility issues in Drupal Core?”

Governments are using Drupal

This summer’s DrupalGovCon in Washington, DC was the largest Drupal event on the East Coast of the United States. The conference was completely free to attend with 1500 registrants. There were dozens of sponsors promoting their Drupal expertise and services. My presentation, Webform for Government, included a section about accessibility. There were also four sessions dedicated to accessibility.

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